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Still Life Paperback – February 3, 2015
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'Parrish’s inspirational novel is a must read for anyone moved by the power of human emotion and redemption.' (Booklist)
'...this is a haunting examination of life in all its gritty and painful moments.' (Library Journal)
“Parrish’s style is quietly contemplative. The writer has a gift for portraying deep, meaningful emotion and transformation in a relatable, touching way.” (RT Book Reviews)
About the Author
Christa Parrish is the author of five novels, including the 2009 ECPA Book of the Year "Watch Over Me "and the Christy Award-winning "Stones for Bread. "She lives in upstate New York with her husband, writer and pastor Chris Coppernoll. They have four children in their blended family. christaparrish.com Facebook: Christa-Parrish Twitter: @breakingthesea
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Some books you read and forget a hour later. And some you're still processing days later. Still Life definitely falls into the latter category. I don't find a lot of very compelling reads in Christian Fiction these days (too many contrived plots and overly sentimental characters), but that probably says more about me as a reader than Still Life as a book. Needless to say, Still Life was a breath of fresh air for me in a market over-crowded with Amish and Regency romances.
I have read all of Parrish's previous novels, her first one being my favorite until Still Life. (I love finding new fav reads by authors I've previously enjoyed!) Parrish's writing, while very good in her earlier stories, has matured and her voice, characterizations, and descriptive narratives in Still Life are spot on. From the opening scene I was hooked, and I found myself slowing down to really savor several of the passages, wanting the story to keep going. I was so sad when it ended. But Still Life is one of those books that keeps on going in your head, too. Really good stories do this--they take on a life of their own past the pages of the novel.
I don't want to give any of the plot away and the synopsis will tell you everything you need to know to decide whether this book is for you or not. I highly recommend reading the free preview that Amazon gives of the story--that's what sold me on buying the book for myself instead of trying to get it through the library.
**Warning** This is a bit of a tear-jerker. I tripped over a couple of unexpected triggers in the story and had to put the book down for a few minutes. However, I still whole-heartedly recommend the story. The journey is worth it.
From Julian to Ada to Katherine to Evan, it's a reminder that God draws us to Himself through every event in our lives - the good times, the bad times, the happy times, the sad times. Our faith becomes questionable at times, but we must never forget how much He loves us.